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It is fulfilling for us all to be able to help patients have a successful hospital visit. Your enthusiasm, smile, cooperation and assistance will help to ensure the smooth operation of our hospital. We hope that, as a volunteer, you will find your work at the Canada Shriners Hospital rewarding.

As a volunteer for our hospital, you will discover a wealth of benefits, including:

  • An opportunity to provide support to patients and their families during their hospital stay and clinic visits
  • Experience working with patients and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Exposure to a unique, specialized health care environment
  • A sense of satisfaction that comes from giving of yourself to others

Volunteers assist staff in many areas of our hospital. Some volunteers work directly with patients while others provide support service by working “behind the scenes.” Every volunteer position is important and provides a genuine service to our hospital and patients.

Volunteer placement is primarily based on three factors:

  • The needs of the hospital
  • The kind of work you want to do
  • The times you are available

Volunteer requirements

To protect the health and safety of our patients and families, it is imperative for our hospital volunteers to meet certain requirements. All hospital volunteers must:

  • Must be 17 years of age
  • Fluently bilingual
  • Must not be currently treated at the Canada Shriners Hospital
  • Must have experience with children
  • Must satisfy requirements in the interview process
  • Must satisfy health requirements and immunization policy of staff health office
  • Must be in stable physical and psychological health to ensure patient safety, as well as your own
  • Submit to a background check

Volunteer opportunities

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada is a specialized hospital offering volunteer positions in our child life, school, outpatient clinics and public relations departments, as well as opportunities to help greet at reception. Volunteer shifts run Monday through Friday, as well as on weekends.

Groups sometimes provide one-time activity sessions for our inpatients or in our hospital clinic. If you are a group looking to volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator whose information may be found at the bottom of this page.

Apply to volunteer

If you have questions about volunteering at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada, please email our volunteer coordinator, Trudy Wong. 

If an appropriate volunteer position is available, you will be contacted for an interview. If no appropriate openings are available when your application is received, we will keep your application on file for three months.